There are many different approaches to giving a retirement speech. If you are speaking on behalf of a coworker who is retiring, then the sample speech below should give you an idea of what to say. Obviously you want to take it and reword it to fit the specific person and career, but in general it’s a retirement speech that should work for most occasions.
Sample Retirement Speech:
All right everyone, I’d like to say a few words about John. Now this afternoon when I told some of my coworkers that I’d be giving a retirement speech tonight, I could see the excitement in their eyes. Then I told them that I wasn’t the one retiring.
John, you’ve been a fixture at this organization long before I showed up. I’d imagine that you could tell more stories about this place than the rest of us combined. Like that time… (In this section of the retirement speech, focus on a few specific stories from John’s career or times that you worked together)
Anyway John, I know that everyone here would like to wish you nothing but the best for your retirement. If we have any problems with the (something work-related) I’ve still got your number, but other than that enjoy all the (traveling, fishing, golfing, etc…)
Many thanks for everything that you’ve done for us, and we truly wish you a long and happy retirement. Oh, and Mary (John’s wife), if you ever get tired of this guy, feel free to send him back anytime.
Best of luck John! (raise your glass)
Personalize the Retirement Speech
Feel free to use this retirement speech as is, or to tweak it anyway you want. The most important thing is to make it personal. Make sure it sounds like it was specifically written for the person who is retiring. Add a few more jokes that are specifically about John. If John isn’t one to take jokes well, then focus more on his hard work and dedication to the job. Remember retirement can be a difficult transition for some people, so the focus should be on making the retiree feel good about the work that he or she has accomplished. After you finish perfecting your retirement speech don’t forget you also need to buy a retirement gift.↑ Back to Top